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Sabres Pres. Ted Black on WGR 550

Feb 21, 2013|

talks of Ruff firing

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Our -- Dan joined in studio by that black sabres to a president whether it's every Thursday they typically. Typically always we take calls for Ted antennas -- -- you can explain it here that we don't take calls today and we if you want to. Gets the -- and -- -- you can email to -- for them all along. Yeah I appreciate that and and I know I've I've listened then you know on -- way over here with people call on and things like that it. I just don't want to turn this into you know somebody calling two. Celebrate. Somebody lose their job and it got a couple of those and and it's. Grossly inappropriate so I would just. Rather not have that right now at all on a couple people emailed me that and and you know pretty good about responding to emails but he email me with with that. Kind of stuff than it is now he's a block somebody. So that's you know it's kind of throw the baby out with the bath water but. Out of respect for somebody lose their job just I would rather not but they can forms ten as an organization. -- -- Cause you guys to get to the point we decided to make the change history. Well I think Darcy said it best the press conference yesterday in the -- schools to make the playoffs and now we're at a point in the season that a lot of things have been tried -- And have have been working in and and certainly. Dismissing your coaches it is. Generally an active of blasters or prove pretty close to it were committed to trying to do whatever we can't get into the playoffs and that's -- the driving force behind it. I was surprised when it happened for a number of reasons and one of them was that I thought before it got to a point where Darcy would. Relieved Lindy of the duties that there'd be a traitor to some other avenue call up from Rochester some other way that the GM would say all right let's see if this works before he got to firing -- Yeah and that some they'll be great if use the Xbox analogy would be great if if making trades -- was like Xbox but. There's just not a whole lot going on. I don't you know that's just the way it is it's it's. It's easy to make fantasy -- my kids play. Xbox and it's easy when the computer accepts blockbuster trades but. The computer doesn't work for any of the 29 other teams. What. Wouldn't it Darcy said Wednesday was the tipping point was -- the tipping point for the organization or was -- the tipping point for Lindy because a lot of we were talking about it. Larry played fairly some comments to that to the Buffalo News he said he watched than these press coverage after the jets' David never seen him that down. And he just sounded. So defeated and he's never sounded that. I bite out I haven't talked to Darcy and the tail. I was traveling yesterday. About what he said what his intent was but I would guess that really goes back to the comment about. We wanna make the playoffs and you know you're getting to that point in the season and its. It's it's tough enough as it is when you put that pressure on. Ron of the players but we're probably at that point this season that if he don't do something. You're gonna resign yourself that it. Wait till next year. With regard to the game against Winnipeg on Tuesday you know it's it's not quite a situation where the fans are dictating our coach be fired and you've you've been -- -- -- for the last year and a half. Two years and we've had those conversations felony being fired and in the past but in a Tuesday he seemed to be like a -- who. I don't know a new feeling a new sort of frustration level from the fan's blowing. Had you as an organization started to feel that. Because I I I I think that sometimes one of the things that we deal with here on our show. Is that fans wondered if you if you had felt that and if you if you noticed in the building the way that it feels like the fans. Had felt about the team inning and that press coverage Howard's mentioning that a question comes out. Indeed if you do you feel that the defense hate this team in the -- didn't really fight that idea. Yeah I can't speak for all. 191000 people. Fans -- teams this is not unique phenomenon if they think that Pittsburg. Penguin fans booed their team off the -- a couple times this year. Does if you if your question is does that you know go into our. Thinking our valuation. You know running but we respect our fans a great deal and I hope our actions speak louder than than any words. But it it it really does not that you don't you don't make that decision. Based on. That shift bad game bad weeks bad months if you do that. With the old with a lot of thought and and what it means the organization and what you're gonna do going forward. Should play a role. I don't believe it -- now. Mean they are that the the ticket buyers. Well we really just Minnesota speak I don't -- right well we -- the other end this discussion last week I was here are weather fans should should. Field -- the G elector. World only to retention vote. I'm not a strong believer in that I'm fascinated by it but. Night at all I don't think fans booing of the game. You know. Or games than it should be the in the barometer I guess it would be. Interesting to have a -- -- something like that it reached a critical stage it you know -- guillotine comes down from the sky. I guess -- I'm not you shouldn't react 100% based on what fans are doing. But. I guess like like we're saying is is it -- factor even a small factor because it it is it's your clientele. You know. They are the ones buying the product they -- the the season to get all the individual game -- -- The people buying the jerseys and all that stuff and there's that there's such an element of dissatisfaction. In the fan base to you have to take that into account as the people running that business. I I take into account ever mean everything. I do on my side takes into account. On the business side -- defense needs and wants. Everything I I don't do everything the fans ask because one it's. It's generally hard to get a consensus. -- divot but I said this before or just virtually every off -- improvement that we made are stride that we've tried to make. Has been a fan generated idea and and then that's when I say all of us are smarter than any of us. In terms of of fire a coach you're trading a player. It. We really appreciate our fans opinions. We are not dismissive of it like -- they're not smarter we're smarter than anyone else is. Because we're not. We don't we don't make those decisions based on crowd sourcing. -- you you basically do you separate the business side of hockey and hockey -- And you know the fans are entitled to build its side that that part of it doesn't bother me other then -- -- because there's a reason they're not -- after a goal they're going after usually a bad play or series of plays oral office. The fans -- very loudly after the second period the Boston game and you know what part of me -- I'm glad they are and the guys came mountain had a hell of a third period and the -- the Bruins seventeen to three. So that's that that that part of it doesn't bother me. In the that makes me insecure or anything like that if it bothers me that our fans are unhappy we need to. You know that's that's not what we're in the in the business of of winning. In the press conference yesterday Ted black with a -- sabres president. We have an open -- what color we -- where if you're just joining us Ted always takes phone calls has requested that we not. Take calls today. Rather not deal with fans gloating over the firing of that coach so we have. Honored his request will get your calls at 830 and are open segment data 3055888. 552 for fifteen in the press conference yesterday -- are you mentioned that. There were conversations involving you mentioned you can Sawyer Terry -- But -- that ultimately this was his decision. Was it not a case to the owner not go to Darcy because again we would find it hard to believe that Darcy would fire a guy he's extremely close do. Was moved to. Deep emotion yesterday and doing everything could to fight back tears when he was asked how should Lindy -- be remembered the perception would be that the owner. For whatever reason -- darts -- hey look. Look I I love the guy you love the guy but Darcy we got it. Couple things one. Have you have you ever fired anyone know the -- I really don't want -- quite honestly. It's. I've teared up when -- some of -- generally know very well yeah. It's a very if you've never done it it's a very very hard thing to deal. End. I don't ever wanna get to the spot quite frankly were I don't get filled with emotion and think of the family intact and human impact. Before a fire anyway because I don't wanna become that kind of cold hearted person. That said. Sometimes shifted to make big -- decisions when you're in the big boy chair. What Darcy said about having conversations and ultimately being his decision was. Was accurate. I'm not gonna get into the details of -- and and reveal anything that was discussed her timeline or anything like that but. But that's the way you portray it is is correct. What. Ron Rolston as the interim head coach. -- went when Lindy. Brokerage last year I think James Patrick for the one game in the past he thought that would lady's daughter was six years ago. You guys go with Ron what was your organization's decision there. I think -- a good job done enough. And Rochester. You know last year with the injuries that we had up here in the call ups. Much to cassette on the show the only only coach I feel worse for because of injuries than Lindy is is Ron Rolston because he was. I think he was getting players on the beer leagues. And that's not too far from the truth. And you know he was able to patch together -- team that that did scramble and make the playoffs. And I think Ron is very well respected. Throughout certainly throughout USA hockey. He's one of the most decorated coaches and they've ever had. Developmental program. So if they think the consensus was and again it's driven by Darcy -- is the one that they interviewed and hired Ron last year. That run. -- be given a chance. What are you -- icu the organization. What are you expecting tonight from the players what you what you think you're going to see from commit this is for everybody around here. As far as sabre fans are there hasn't been an in season coaching change in 21 years so this is really new ground for a lot of people would be how do you think they'll respond. Well I expect to what I hope I gotta give you amending I don't want no part of what I hope is. But I hope is that the guys go -- winning game. For two coaches and that that they care about. That's what they really know for. What I expect is you know I guess it's by the same answer. Really. That said you know within a game a lot of things happen and you know if if the guys come out saying they want -- you know winner for two coaches or whatever and they fail. That doesn't necessarily mean that element -- be disappointed because because. -- the effort might be there and the results might not follow sometimes the fairy tale. The ending doesn't always work in and you know even though Babe Ruth -- home run for. The dying boy sometimes somebody. Strikes out to -- it to me that was. I don't think you're honest one and coastal Kramer and an it department has auditors had. A moment since the park and that's what it's like. You haven't had a chance to talk to Libya. What would it -- was asked about yesterday what would you say about it in the short time in the two years that you've known him well you know what's. Lindy still alive yet in LA and this I don't know and tell -- you know yeah it's it's it's nobody died again today he's still alive. What I. I look forward to talking with Wendy. Because I really like Wendy I think I think that's the universal sentiment you get with people that are that have been around him. I've been to his house he's been to my house that's unique for me. For coaching the you have that kind of relationship the Stanley is so wonderful family -- a wonderful person in the wonderful kids. So I hope he's gonna do you know -- I don't know what -- -- -- mother than I wanna continue to two. Have a relationship with an -- friend and and I. I don't know what exactly he calls his. Where he's from when people say where you from but I can say his hometown is absolutely Buffalo, New York. So and -- yeah he's he's. A very special part of Buffalo Sabres that hasn't changed. I hope he's happy whatever he wants to do if he wants to hang it up that's great. -- hope he spends the news that time's spent a lot of time with his when this family and and if you want to continue on in hockey he's Cisco a lot of fans here in buffalo and certainly within their organization. I'm sure no coach wants to be fired. But did you get a sense could you tell that this stuff is really wearing on him did you get any sense at all that this was really. Drive them crazy. Well I I think losing wears on everyone when the when the goals to win. I think Wendy's you know certainly some of the characters from terminator you know he would come out of the pot of boiling. Molten lava or something like that with you know with one read I glowing keep fighting to the death -- -- think he has quit in them. And I think that's -- characteristic that's gonna carry with him and in whatever his next. -- his next phase of life is -- blacks favored president whether -- here. Thank you for coming in to thank you appreciate it.

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